Fiche Film
Cinéma/TV
COURT Métrage | 2003
Like twenty impossibles
Annemarie Jacir
Pays concerné : Territoire palestinien
Réalisateur(s) : Annemarie Jacir
Avec : Annemarie Jacir, Annemarie Jacir, Annemarie Jacir, Kamran Rastegar, Kamran Rastegar
Durée : 17
Type : fiction

Français

Dans la Palestine occupée, une équipe de cinéma fait les frais de la brutalité militaire de la force d’occupation.
A la fois poème visuel et récit, like twenty impossibles interroge la responsabilité artistique et l’acte politique de prendre une caméra, tout en parlant de la fragmentation d’un peuple.

English

S y n o p s i s

Occupied Palestine: A serene landscape now pockmarked by military checkpoints. When a Palestinian film crew decides to avert a closed checkpoint by taking a remote side road, the political landscape unravels, and the passengers are slowly taken apart by the mundane brutality of military occupation. Both a visual poem and a narrative, like twenty impossibles wryly questions artistic responsibility and the politics of filmmaking, while speaking to the fragmentation of a people.


like twenty impossibles
a film by Annemarie Jacir

[35mm color – 17:00 – Dolby SR – 1:1.85 – in Arabic, English, & Hebrew w/English subtitles – 2003 – Palestine]

STARRING
REEM ABU-SBAIH, ISMAIL DABBAGH, RAJA’I KHATEEB, RAMI MUSSALEM, SHADI ZUMORROD, ASHRAF ABU MOCH
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILLIPE BELLAICHE
MUSICAL SCORE: KAMRAN RASTEGAR
SOUND DESIGN: BILL TOLES
EDITED BY ANNEMARIE JACIR
SCREENPLAY BY ANNEMARIE JACIR AND KAMRAN RASTEGAR
WRITTEN, DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY ANNEMARIE JACIR


Awards & Distinctions

– World Premiere, Cannes Film Festival, Official Selection, Cinéfondation
– National Finalist – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Student Academy Awards
– Best Short Screenplay – Nantucket Film Festival
– Best Short Film – Palm Springs International Short Film Festival
– Best Short Film (Emerging Narrative) – IFP/New York
– Silver Plaque – Chicago International Film Festival
– Best Short Film – Institute Du Monde Arabe Biennial
– Audience Choice Award – Polo Ralph Lauren Columbia University Festival
– Special Jury Prize – Ramallah International Film Festival
– Best Films of the Year list, 2003 – Film Comment Magazine
– 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema, 2004 – Filmmaker Magazine

Other Major Festivals

– Locarno Film Festival, Official Selection
– Edinburgh International Film Festival, Official Selection
– Telluride Film Festival, Official Selection
– New York Film Festival, Official Selection
– Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Czech Republic
– Hamptons International Film Festival, Official Selection
– Aspen Shortsfest, Official Selection
– Fajr International Film Festival, Iran
– Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia
– Florida Film Festival, Official Selection
– Carthage Film Festival (Journees Cinematographique de Carthage), Tunis
– Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival, France


Press

« like twenty impossibles is grippingly suspenseful while also satirizing the power imbalances inherent in political filmmaking » – FILMMMAKER

« Succint and powerful » – FILM COMMENT

« Blurs the line between truth and fiction to tell a story of art bowed but not defeated by the routine violence of Israeli occupation » – SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

« Like the politics it discusses, it is resolutely, and brilliantly, inconclusive » – TIME OUT

« Compared in some quarters to Pontecorvo’s also pseudo-documentary The Battle of Algiers, this is obviously more compact and yet, in its necessary absence of character development and visual brutality, equally devasting in condemnation – BLUE JAI ARTS

« A Palestinian film crew attempting to pass a military checkpoint into Jerusalem encounters firsthand the insidious nature of oppression in the lyrical and unnerving faux documentary like twenty impossibles – NASHVILLE NEWS

« In Jacir’s Kiarostamian like twenty impossibles, we are left with unnerving silence » – THE VILLAGE VOICE

It is a thousand times easier for you
To pass an elephant through the needle’s eye.
To catch fried fish in the Milky Way…
A thousand times easier
Than smoldering with your oppression
The spark of an idea.
Like twenty impossibles
We shall remain.
-Tawfiq Zayyad, 1965